The size of Gianyar region is aproximately 368 km2 and is occupied by more than 354.000 in, habitants.The majoriry of its inhabitants live on handicraft industry, most of which is home made, and farming. Gianyar is divided into 7 sub districts, namely: Payangan, Tegallalang, Tampak Siring, Ubud, Gianyar, Sukawati and Blahbatu. Gianyar is well known for its culture and arts, beautiful mountain scenery, relics and other historical items, handicraft products made locally by home industry. Out of the 7 sub-districts Ubud is the most visited place.

Gianyar, the second most populated region of Bali, is the cultural heart of the island. The highland town of Ubud, in particular, has acquired a reputation as a center of art after several foreign artists settled there in the 1920′s 1930′s and 1950′s. Geographically, the region is very distinct. Clove, coffee and vanilla grow in the highlands and rice is the most common crop on the lowlands. The old harbors of Ketewel and Kramas are fisherman’s villages. When you travel from Denpasar to Ubud the first village you reach is Batubulan, a small village famous for its river stone carvings. These works are displayed all along the main road. The popular door-guardian statues of volcanic tuff, once exclusively used in temples and palaces are now exported overseas. Another specialty of Batubulan is the barong dance performed daily in the morning.

The dance symbolize the never ending battle between good (represented by Barong) and evil (represented by Rangda). You must not Miss Pura Puseh Batubulan, a beautiful temple. Just after Batubulan, Celuk and nearby Singapadu are the centers for Balinese goldsmiths and silversmiths. More than 40 jewelry is exported worldwide. Singapadu is also well known for Topeng and Barong mask making.

After Celuk the main road heads to Sukawati, famous for its art market (Pasar Seni) and dalangs (puppeteers). The two-floor market sells everything from statues to dance costumes, all at reasonable prices. In the evening, a night market takes over and it provides a good selection of Indonesian food. Sukawati village is also a center for the manufacture of bamboo wind chimes. The puppeteers of Sukawati performed at ceremonial occasions and their skills passed down from one generation to another.

Further along the road towards Ubud is the village of Mas. Famous for woodcarving, Mas offers a myriad of wooden items. The main road of the town is lined with dozens of workshops. Mas is also of historical significance to Bali’s history as it was here that the great priest Nirartha had his hermitage in the Pura Taman Pule.

After Mas you enter the area of Ubud, often regarded as the cultural heart of Bali. “Ubud” is derived from the world “Ubad” which means medicine, as the town supplied medicinal herbs in ancient times. A former principality, Ubud has several palaces and Brahmin mansions, as well as beautiful houses built in the Gianyar architectural style. The modern Balinese art movement began here, when artists first began to abandon purely religious and court scenes for scenes of everyday life. Ubud is home to many respected local and western artists.

The cultural image of Ubud is paramount to the people as it is home to the best art museums in the country. The Puri Lukisan, a Museum of fine arts established in the 1950′s, displays art from the 1930′s and 1950′s, as well as fine examples of modern Balinese art.

The Neka museum has a diverse and interesting collection of mainly modern art. It also includes an excellent and varied display of work by western artists who have resided in Ubud through the years. ARMA (Agung Rai Museum & Art) at Jl. Pengosekan should not be missed as it contains paintings by established artists.

Ubud is an ideal place to see Balinese dance. Legong, Ramayana, Baris, Kecak and the fire dance are performed nightly in or around this area.

Ubud gives you opportunity to see the real Bali. It is place for leisurely strolls through rice terraces, lush forests, breathtaking gorges and deserted swimming hotels, all within walking distance from the center of the village. If you want to visit the monkey forest just walk along monkey forest road from Ubud and down into a thick forest where you will find a flock of monkeys waiting for passing tourists. A world of warning: the monkeys are happy but just a little naughty, so hold on to your cameras.

Ubud market has kept much of its traditional charm, with squatting Balinese sellers haggling loudly among spices and vegetables. The market also sells handicraft, many made in the neighboring villages of Pengosekan, Tegalalang, Payangan and Peliatan.

Gianyar also has some of the most important archeological sites. The majorities are located in the Pejeng area, four kilometers east from Ubud. It is home to an archeological museum and one of South East Asia’s oldest artifacts, a huge bronze kettledrum known as the “Moon of Pejeng” a relic from the Bronze Age originating from Dongson, Vietnam. The village also has two ancient temples, the Pura Pusering Jagat and Pura Kebo Iwa Edan.

The Road to Pejeng and Gianyar is the site of the Goa Gajah, the “elephant cave” that is carved into the rock face and reached by a flight of steps. It probably dates back to the 9/12th centuries and shows elements of both Hindu and Buddhist religions. You can enter the cave through the huge mouth of figure of a Demon. In front of the cave are two bathing pools with spring water gushing from spouts held by female figures.

A kilometer from Goa Gajah is Yeh Pulu. After a short walk through rice terraces, you will arrive at an ancient rock carving depicts various scenes of everyday life and the figures of elephant-headed Ganesha indicate a close relationship between the two sites.

Still within the district of Gianyar in the central mountains across from Trunyan is the small settlement of the presidential palace of Tampak Siring, with its popular natural springs and beautiful modern architecture. The springs bubble outs and are captured in bathing pools. The late president Soekarno used to stay here.

Gianyar is an art and cultural town, has been well known throughout the word. Apart from proliferation of its archeological remains, in recent development, Gianyar looks so fascinating with the establishment of gardens and statues of Gods and demons along its street or at every road intersection. It is really worth seeing, because all the art works erected in this town are master pieces of Gianyar’s artists, those are inspired by a single source called ” Paramayoga ” Hindu legend or ” Purana Dewa ” in mount Tengguru, that tells us about the cooperation between Gods ( Sura ) and demons ( Asura ) in their succesful effort to turn or stir fast mount Mandara, searching for elixir water or water for eternal life, which is finally ended with the change of cooperation into a war disputing the elixir ownership. Gianyar regency constitutes an agricultural region with its beautiful nature panorama, that it’s why many kinds of agricultural plantation can be developed in this region. Additionally, Gianyar Regency is rich with ancient remains and famous for high creativity of its people in field of art and culture, which considered as one of invaluable asset to the region. With this high potential, in reality nowadays, Gianyar has grown rapidly in tourism, which is the result of the richness of the nature, traditional culture heritage as well as modern one. Having this reality we realize there is possibility of emerging negative impacts towards the progress of Gianyar Regency globally, somehow, by understanding strong concepts of Hindu religion it is expected these impacts can be filtered, that local culture and foreign one can acculturate to each other positively and naturally. Finally to all parties, especially those entrepreneurs are involved in tourism, we are expecting their participation to keep and develop tourism positively, that the tourism and Balinese culture which had has high value more well known and praised in the world

Sukawati Market

Located in Jalan Raya Sukawati, the main road in Sukawati, Gianyar sub district, Sukawati Market is a two-storey building packed with traders selling products of the local home in dustry. Among the goods you might find here are clothes, paintings, wood carvings, toys, jewelries and the like with various options all at affordable price and bargainable. Check all the goods for their quality before you make a purchase. Open from 08.00 until 18.00.

Ubud Market

Located between .lalan Raya Ubud and Jalan Monkey Forest, this market is-also a two- storey building. Traders here mostly sell souvenirs and handicrafts. Try your skill in bargaining here. Traders usually double the price of their goods when they mention the price for the first time, some even dare ask for more.

Another famous place in Gianyar is Celuk village. ln this village there are many gold and silver makers. Tens of silverware shops selling silverware can be found alongside the roads of this village. Good silverware products are available here, some of which have even made their way through to the world’s market such as America. Here are some of them:

Adi Prana silver and gold, Jaian Raya Celuk, Sukawati, Gianyar, phone: +62.361 .298 129 Opening Hours:09.00 – 21.00.

Bali Silver/ lndarti Silver, Raya Celuk, Sukawati, Gianyar, Phone: +62.361 .298 172, Opening Hours: 09.00 – 17.00

There are some other good silver shops. Prices range from the lowest IDR 35,000 until the highest IDR 12 million. lf you are interested in a product, try to get down l0% – 20% of the price offered. Tourism Activity / Place of lnteresf

Lebih Beach

This beach is located in the south of Gianyar’ On this beautiful beach we can enjoy the view of Lombok lsland and Nusa Penida lsland.Asa fishing beach you can easily find fishermen here and small restaurants (warung) selling fresh sea food caught by the many fisherrnen. Languan Satay, also called’sate lilitl (grilled sea fish mixed with green coconut juice, spices and brown sugar), grilled fish, ikan pepes (fish covered and steamed in banana leaf ), fried fish, and nasi sela are the speciali- ties. Nasi sela is rice rnixed with cassava. A meal consisting of nasi sela, sate lilit and veg- etables costs about IDR 1 2,000. The price of a grilled fish depends on the size of the fish’

Bali Safari & Marine Park

Home to over 60 species of animals from lndonesia, Africa and lndia, Bali Safari and Marine Park has been hailed as one of Bali’s most fascinating world-class attractions. As lndonesia’s leading arnusement park, this is where you can have an exciting and fun time with your friends and family. The 40 hectares pristine forest in Gianyar which is a horne of many species of animals is a great place for a day out for all ages. We recommend a Safari journey to see the animals up close such as baby elephants, roaring tigers and hippos. Bali Safari and Marine Park is a closer-to-nature way to learn about conservation and spending your holiday in a unique way. Don’t forget to dine at Tsavo Lion Restaurant and you never know you might have a chance to take a closer look at the mighty lion.

Bali Safari & Marine Park

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Jalan Bypass Prof.Dr.lda Bagus Mantra, Km 1 9,8, Gia nyar, Phone: 62’361 ’950 000, Packages: Safari Explorer IDR 1 10,000, Jungle, Hopper USD 35, Safari Adventure USD 45, Elephant Back/Ride Safari USD 59, Opening Hours: Weekdays: 09.00 – 17’00, Weekend & HolidaY: 08’30 – 1 7’00

Dhurga Kutri Temple

This temple is located on a forested hill that belongs to Buruan Village, Kutri, Blahbatu sub district whose natural beauty is preserved. Ln one of its temples stands the image of the goddess Dhurga which symbolizes the con_ sort of King Udayana who ruled Bali in the ‘I lth century. The existing temples and their exotic statues/ bas-reliefs are the remains of kingdoms in the l lth century. To get to one of the three existing temples you have to walk up tens of steps made of stone. The view frorn the top of the temple is magnificent with vast rice fields stretching below and a beach at a distance.

Bali Horse Riding

You can enjoy horse riding at Saba Beach. approximately 4 km from Blahbatu sub district. What makes this activity unique is that you will ride along the volcanic sand on horse- back and through the crashing waves of Saba Beach and have a close look at Balinese life as you pass the local temples and ride onto the white sandy beach, with Nusa penida lsland and silhouette of the great Gunung Agung volcano at a distance. Saba Stables, Tariff: U5D 45 for adults and USD 35 for children

Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave)

Goa Gajah or Goa Ganesha is located about 6 km from Ubud. lnside the cave there is an image of Ganesha (the fat- bellied elephant_ headed son of God Shiva) as a symbol of science and knowledge. Near the cave there is also a temple called Pura Goa Gajah which according to the local belief was built between the 9th and’l lth century.The entrance to this cave is embellished with a carved work in the shape of a mountain. The right side of the cave mouth is engraved with eye-shaped carvings and the left side of it is embellishe with writings from the 11th century (believed to have come flom the Kediri kingdom in East Java). ln the middle of the field outside the cave there is a pool with holy water used for Hindu ceremony. The pool is decorated with several statues. Opening hours:08.00 – i8.00, Tariff: IDR 15,000 for adults and IDR 7,500 for children

Cucukan Beach

This beach, very close to Sanur, is often used as a surfing spot due to the strong waves from the lndonesian Ocean. There are many exclusive villas here.

Bali Zoo Park

Situated in the cultural heart of Bali, the zoo is only ’1 5 nrinutes drive from Ubud. Bali Zoo is the perfect wildlife conservatory for the finest collection of lndonesian and other countries exotic animals. Get face to face with Bali Zoo’s famous gib- bons, experience the sights and sounds of King of the jungle, watch the biggest Iiving lizard ‘Komodo Dragon’ basking in tlre sun, feed and pat tame animals, try Treewalk Adventure and pump up your adrenaline. Jalan Raya Singapadu, Sukawati, Gianyar, Phone: +62.361.294357. Tariff: IDR 70,000 for adults; IDR 35,000 for children (lndonesian lD card and KITA’s holder). USD 24 for adults and USD i 2 for kids Operational Hours: 09.00 – 18.0Q

Bali Bird Park

Bali Bird Park is loceted in Singapadu Village, Sukawati sub district, Gianyal approximately 12 km from Denpasar. Bali Bird Park is one of the largest bird parks in lndonesia and prob- ably the best in the world where you can find the collection of lndonesian birds and beautiful birds from Africa and North America. With a collection of more than 1000 kinds of birds out of 250 different spesies, the birds were arranged in such a way among more than 2000 types of magnificent tropical plants. Jalan Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Desa Singapadu, Kecamatan Batu Bulan, Gianyar, Phone: +62.361 .299352 Tariff: USD 23,65 lor adults and U5D 1 1,55 for children Operational Hours: 09.00 – 17.30.

Pura Tirta Empul

This temple is located in Tampak Siring and is also called Pura Tampak Siring. lt is called Tirta (meaning water) Empul because in this temple holy water comes out of the ground (empul). The temple is wonderfully embel- lished with tens of water fountains coming out of stone. Some of the fountains are used by local people to purify themselves from negative things. EntranceTariff: IDR 1 0,000

Monkey Forest

This monkey forest is located in the village of Padang Tegal, Ubud sub district, Gianyar’ 26 km f*n..’ O”npurur.This small iorest is occuiied by hunJreds of harmless monkeys.

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Aside from a home to monkeys, this forest is also a cemetery for the villagers with a temple standing next to it.Visiting this forest mean, Joing three things at the same time, namely, playing with the mon- t *yr, .o,iing close to the Balineie gruu” and visiting the Balinese temple with its unique ur.t1ir”.arr”lf f you are lucky you *i tu” i ritual in the temple called odalan or the Balinese cremation ceremony (ngaben). Jalan Monkey Forest. Ubud, Opening Hours:08.00 – 18.00. Tariff: IDR 20,000 for adults and IDR 10,000 for kids.

Places to stay

Komaneka Resort & Fine Art Galery,

Jl. Monkey Forest. Ubud, Ph:+62.36i.976090 Desa Buahan, Ubud, Ph:+62.361 .982700

Santi Mandala Villa and Spa, Desa Batuan Ubud, Ph: +62361 .297800

The Payangan Hideway, Desa Puhu, Payan gan, Gia nyar, Ph:+62.361 .7 462268

Four Season Resort Bali, Sayan, Ubud, Ph:+62.361.977577

Amandari, Kedewatan, Ubud, Ph:+62.36′l . 975333

Pita Maha Resort & Spa, Jl. Raya Sanggingan,U bud, Ph : +62.361 .97 433

Alila Ubud, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar, Ph : +62.361.97 5963


lbu ilai, Jl. Monkey Forest 72, Ubud, Ph: + 62361.973472

Pundi * Pundi, Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud

Siam Sally, Jl. Hanoman , Ubud, Ph + 62.361.980777

Caf6 Des Artistes, +62.361 972746

Fly Caf6, Jl. Raya +62.361.975440

Havana, Jl. Dewi 972973 Bisma 9x, Ubud, Ph

Miro’s Garden Restaurant, Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Ph : +62.361 .97 331 4

Tutmak, Jl. Dewi Sita, Ubud, Ph: +62.361. 975754

Bumi Bali, Jl. Monkey Forest +62.361 .97669

Nasi Ayam Kedewataan Bu Mangku. Jl. Raya

Kedewataan, Ubud, Ph:+62.3 61. 97 47 95

Wardani’s Warung, Jl. Monkey Forest , Ubud, Ph: +62.361.745A2A0

Warung Mina, Jl. Gunung Ubud, Ph:+62.361. 97 6504

Batan Waru Cafe, Jl. Dewi +62.361.977528

Ary’s Warung, -ll. Raya Ph:+62.361 . 975053

BunuteJl. Dewi Sita,Ubud, Ph:+62.361. 972177

Caf6 Lotus, Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Ph:+62.361. 975660

Lamak, Jl. Monkey Forest , Ubud, Ph:+62.361. 974668

Nomad, Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Ph:+62.361.977169

Mozaic, Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Ph:+62.361.975768

Murni’s Warung, Jl. Campuan. Ubud, Ph:+62.361 .975233

Man Maru, Jl. Raya Sanggingan , Ubud, Ph:+62.361.972519

Ryoshi, Jl. Raya Ubud. Ubud, Ph:+62.361.972192

Bali Tours : Elephant Safari Park & Lodge

The only hotel in the world with “Elephant Chauffeur” service from your room ldeal for animal and nature lovers, guests staying at the Elephant Safari Park Lodge get to arise to the sights and sounds of elephants. When you wake up, head to the Mammoths Head Bar terrace and enjoy your breakfast as you overlook the surrounding lush forest. Have your private elephant chauffeur pick you up from your room and take you on an eiephant trek through Taro forest. Have fun bathing, feeding and petting the elephants before you enjoy an evening stroll around the botanical gardens. The Elephant Safari Park Lodge is located just 20 minutes north from the islands cultural and artistic centre of Ubud and 15 minutes north of Ngurah Rai Airport in the historic village of Taro. Opening Hours :08.00 – ’18.00, Tarif safari rides: USD 75,- for adult and USD 50,- for children. Enjoy Gianyar as your Bali Tours destination.